The Children's Place

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The Children's Place Reviews

Updated 11 December 2014
Updated 11 December 2014
575 Reviews
2.2
575 Reviews
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance (in 40 reviews)

  • Good money, good quality clothing, great discount on the clothes (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Associates are expected to train upper management when unqualified management is hired (in 58 reviews)

  • Top managment would make last minute decisions and we would have to stay late to redo floor sets (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Lead
    Current Employee - Store Lead

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Discount : Great if you have a child to buy for in your life, though many times it is no better than a customer having a coupon, which are easily obtainable.

    - Environment: Can be a pleasant place to work, customers usually are nice and have children with them, whose antics can make for an entertaining day.

    - Team: If you are lucky enough to get into a store with a good team, it can be enjoyable. Everyone knows they have a role in building the store and the camaraderie can be nice.

    Cons

    - Expectations: Corporate expectations are ridiculous compared to the number of hours they are willing to give. Constant floor changes and price changes, and they are communicated last minute.

    - Hours: Store leads are only guaranteed twenty hours, associates are guaranteed none. If you have an open schedule and prove yourself, you can get called in for extra hours, but its not enough to live on.

    - Management: The management outside of the store itself is very disconnected from reality. They often don't have a good idea of what is going on or seem to be very knowledgeable at all.

    - Advancement: There appears to be little, if any room for advancement. As others have stated, associates and/or leads can be responsible for teaching poorly skilled hires placed in positions above them, which is frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Give hours to train: With no hours to train new employees, its always a learn as you go situation. This places a serious burden on everyone.

    - Hire from within: Focus on building talent within the stores before bringing in new, unproven individuals.

    - Help your employees, don't hinder them: Corporate hinders its employees in so many ways. Between their confusing marketing tactics that leads to frustrated customers abusing employees to last minute notification on huge changes that must be carried out, corporate seems more focused on placing hurdles in the way rather than removing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great store and prices but unorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Always have new product and good quality. The DMs are responsive and helpful.

    Cons

    Floor sets and their communication is not their strong suit. They expect way too many things out of you at once with out giving you the resources you need. Lots of turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to pay someone to do come up with a floor set, stick with it! One update is fine, but 3 or 4 in a couple days is ridiculous!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Crazy parents but a very fun job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier-Sales Associate in Taylor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier-Sales Associate in Taylor, MI (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work with kids
    Great discount
    Good co-workers
    Great parties
    Good benefits
    Messy store keeps you super busy
    Easy register work

    Cons

    Only gives hours to those that been there the longest
    Low pay, lower than minimum wage
    Crazy moms and kids

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage equal hours to all employees not just the ones that been there the longest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very little training, upbeat atmosphere.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Midwest City, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Midwest City, OK (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place (less than an year)

    Pros

    -My managers and coworkers are all cheerful and pleasant; good attitudes are abundant! Coming from food service it is refreshing to encounter customer service professionals who leave their baggage at the door and do not get wrapped up in drama!

    -Awesome employee discounts!

    Cons

    -There was basically no training (I have not struggled to catch on- but I could certainly see some people having a difficult time with so little direction).

    -If you're looking for anything close to full time, keep looking, you won't find it at The Children's Place unless you're management.

    -I have years of customer service experience and I'm getting the same pay as a girl who has never had a job before.

    -No commission or profit sharing of any kind for sales associates although sales associates are encouraged to upsell (why bother?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Maybe try doing shadowing for the first week instead of just throwing new employees on the floor.

    -Give some sort of incentive for your outstanding sales associates, they are putting money in your pocket by doing an excellent job, they deserve something in return.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Okay for a first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Pros

    I was hired without any experience.

    Cons

    They don't want to take the time to train you. They expect store associates to do everything while the assistant manager does nothing.
    They have these shifts where you have to plan to be available for them, but you have call in to make sure they need you. So basically you may not really be working that shift but you have to rearrange your time and life as if you were.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sales Lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Lead
    Current Employee - Sales Lead

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management experience, Flexible hours, fun co-workers.

    Cons

    They do not try to develop employees or promote within, Hours are up and down for sales lead, rarely receive extra payroll hours for floor-set and processing freight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be successful you must be a self learner because of lack of training hours... also this is not an office job you must be willing to multitask and get thing done during down times.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Love the staff. Children and adults are awful.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Discount. Co-workers make you feel like family.

    Cons

    Store is a mess constantly. Adult guests are very rude and can't control their own children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    ......

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Pros

    After 8 years finally got paid 12.

    Cons

    Do manager jobs and even train managers who are in hire positions. Hire people outside of company who have no clue and expect lower on the ladder associates to train them instead of moving the current employee up the ladder. On-call shifts waste your day. Hours are skid dish an vary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your workers, especially ones with family and on calls are stupid

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved my coworkers
    Great flexibility

    Cons

    Top managment would make last minute decisions and we would have to stay late to redo floor sets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It's Retail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Exton, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Exton, PA (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    For part time employees the scheduling was pretty flexible! There was always something to do so you wouldn't get bored to often while working. The employee discount was the bestiary!

    Cons

    Obviously the holiday season is rough. Longer hours and you could get screwed over if another employee called out. My store really pushed the credit card enrollment which was stressful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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